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East Side Gallery

Visit this monument along the Spree River to see more than 100 murals celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s reunification.

The East Side Gallery is a memorial to Berlin’s reunification in 1990 and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The monument to Berlin’s freedom is a 0.8-mile (1.3-kilometer) stretch of the old Berlin Wall that was covered in colorful murals in 1990. Stroll along one of the world’s longest open-air galleries to experience the heartfelt and historical paintings.

Begin your walk along the East Side Gallery at Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge), the landmark bridge that crosses the Spree River and connects the Kreuzberg district to Friedrichshain. The East Side Gallery runs along the Friedrichshain side of the Spree, the border of former East Berlin, and transforms the memory of the Berlin Wall into a symbol of hope and freedom. The murals span the wall from Oberbaumbrücke to Ostbahnhof, a major train station.

Walk beside the long stretch of wall, which measures 12 feet (3.6 meters). Admire 105 paintings by artists from around the world. The first murals were painted in 1990, shortly after reunification. The murals champion freedom and depict a sense of hopefulness and euphoria for the future. Some images are satirical and some commemorative, but all are designed to be thought provoking.

In 2009, 100 of the original paintings were given a makeover when the artists repainted them.

The East Side Gallery is located on the Friedrichshain side of the Spree. Visit the gallery any day for free. The two ends of the wall are accessible by Berlin’s U-Bahn and S-Bahn network, as well as by bus, bicycle and on foot. 

Enjoy scenic views of the Spree from along the waterfront and the historic Oberbaumbrücke (Overbaum Bridge). The area around the East Side Gallery features some of Berlin’s biggest nightclubs and remains busy throughout the day and night on weekends.

Popular Activities at East Side Gallery

Ensure you have plenty of time at East Side Gallery. Here are some of the most popular activities:

Hop-On Hop-Off - Berlin Wall Tour is just one of the most popular experiences available for purchase here.

If you're after even more options, examine our Berlin things to do page.


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MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery $42
Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

Am Postbahnhof 4, Berlin
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I liked the location of the hotel and the mattress was extremely comfortable to sleep in. However the cleaning staff did not clean our rooms during a 2 night stay which was disappointing and there wasn’t much room in the actual bedrooms but I guess it’s fair enough for this price point

    Select Hotel Berlin Ostbahnhof $73
    Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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    Select Hotel Berlin Ostbahnhof

    Select Hotel Berlin Ostbahnhof

    Lange Strasse 31, Berlin, BE
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Very spacious room, comfy bed, great shower, good WiFi, pleasant staff. What's not to like?

      Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side $74
      Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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      Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side

      Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side

      Wanda-Kallenbach Str., Berlin, BE
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        I didn’t like the building site view outside my window but I understand this sometimes cannot be helped.

        Hotel PLUS Berlin $49
        Reviewed on May 31, 2019
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        Hotel PLUS Berlin

        Hotel PLUS Berlin

        Warschauer Platz 6-8, Berlin, BE
           
          3.8 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Clean. Convenient and easy access to trains. Rooms wewe large.RRppms

          Industriepalast Hostel Berlin $56
          Reviewed on Nov 26, 2018
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          Industriepalast Hostel Berlin

          Industriepalast Hostel Berlin

          Warschauer Strasse 43, Berlin, BE
             
            4.1 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Industriepalast is a very reasonably-priced basic hotel in a cool area.

            Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery $74
            Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019
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            Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery

            Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery

            Muehlenstrasse 13-19, Berlin
               
              4.7 of 5
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              Great location, couldn't find any fault with the hotel and staff. Will definitely stay there again

              Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery $93
              Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
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              Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery

              Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery

              Mildred-Harnack-Strasse 15, Berlin, Berlin
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                Great location for the concert venues. Awesome staff and rooms! Will stay again!

                nhow Berlin $119
                Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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                nhow Berlin

                nhow Berlin

                Stralauer Allee 3, Berlin, BE
                   
                  4.4 of 5
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                  Really funky hotel perfect location nice views on river